Superstitions of the Wolf
A hunter. A man in disguise. The devil. A being of evil. A creature to be revered. There are many beliefs surrounding the wolf. Some believed a man could transform into a wolf – a werewolf. But others thought a wolf was the form the devil took on earth. There are quite a few age-old superstitions surrounding the wolf and you can find a couple of them below.
- The wolf was said to be the favorite disguise of the devil.
- There was a time when people thought the sight of a wolf could render a man dumb. But only if the wolf saw the man first. If you saw it first then you were in the clear.
- Some also said that just saying the word “wolf” could cause an encounter with one.
- According to Welsh superstition, the wolf was not created by God, but by the Devil and it has retained its ties to evil ever since.
- There was a time when people thought wolves feared crabs and shrimp.
- An old medical superstition claims that wrapping sufferers of epilepsy in a wolf skin would protect them from seizures. It was also said that wrapping someone in wolf hide would cure them of rabies.
- In some parts of Europe it was believed that wolf skins kept flies out the house.
- According to French superstition, rubbing wolf teeth on the gums of a child will alleviate tooth pain. They also thought that wearing a wolf tooth around your neck protected you from evil.
- It was once said that hanging a wolf’s tail over a barn door will keep wolves away.
- Eating wolf’s meat would prevent a person from seeing ghosts.
- Sleeping with a wolf’s head under the pillow will ward off nightmares.
- Rubbing wolf poo on a baby’s body would cure colic.
And those are a few wolf superstitions. And yes, people actually believed those things once.
What do you think?